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Bottoms Up! The Bar Guide 

Gambit's look at the New Orleans bar scene: happy hours, food, music, smoking policies and much more.

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Trying to categorize New Orleans' bar scene is like attempting to summarize the universe in a word: it's futile and ignores all the wonders that hide within. The city has a bar for every taste and most desires, whether you're looking for music, a romantic date spot, a throw-down party, a gritty look at local life or a perfectly mixed craft cocktail. There's a bar out there sure to meet your personal criteria, even if these change every day.

  Here's Gambit's guide to the area's watering holes, arranged by neighborhoods.

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BYWATER

B.J.'s Lounge

Most patrons at this longtime dive bar are from the surrounding Upper 9th Ward neighborhood, but if you get buzzed in, you'll be welcomed warmly. It's always happy hour, and you can play pool at a table with a full-scale race car hanging over it, or lounge on couches and listen to live music by Little Freddie King, Dana Abbott, and King James and the Special Men. Wednesday features plate dinners. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4301 Burgundy St., 945-9256

Bacchanal

HBO's Treme has filmed at this 9th Ward wine bar with daily live music. Cheese plates and international cuisine are on the menu when Chef Joaquin Rodas cooks Tuesday-Saturday. Guest chefs cover the menu Sunday. The courtyard is outfitted for comfort year round. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 600 Poland Ave., 948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com

Bud Rip's

Among New Orleans' less storied century-plus-old institutions is this humble Bywater corner bar, named for former owner Edward "Bud Rip" Ripoll. Pressed tin ceiling tiles attest to decor that has weathered quite a few decades. It's a casual neighborhood spot where regulars stick to inexpensive draft beer. There is a pool table, dart board and video poker for amusement. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 900 Piety St., 945-5762; www.myspace.com/budripsbar

The Country Club

It's a lush, tiki torch-studded, clothing-optional swimming hole, a swinging gay bar and a happening spot to watch a Saints game or Treme episode. It's also among the best eateries in the Bywater. Chef Coy LeBeau serves up a full menu seven days a week. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. daily — and when it's raining. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com

Markey's Bar

Markey's Bar is the kind of unpretentious neighborhood pub that feels instantly familiar, like an old couch with a well-worn groove. Multiple flat-screen TVs broadcasting only sports games encourage patrons to sit and relax for a while. Open 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon Sat.-Sun. Smoking: yes. 640 Louisa St., 943-0785; www.markeysbar.com

Patio Bar & Secret Garden

Relax in a garden setting while munching on barbecue available from the adjoining Bywater Bar-B-Que. Monday is karaoke night, and well beer and wine are $2 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. You can watch sports on TV, play darts or surf the Internet with free Wi-Fi. Open Thu.-Tue. Smoking: patio only. Bywater Bar-B-Que, 3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445

St. Roch Tavern

You might trip over a small pack of scruffy dogs or have to dodge the occasional outbreak of fisticuffs, but big-screen TVs, $6 PBR pitchers and a full menu of Mexican and vegetarian fare (alongside bar food staples and the occasional pot of free red beans and rice) make these negligible risks. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 1200 St. Roch Ave., 945-0194; www.strochcafe.com

Saturn Bar

The St. Claude Avenue corridor's designated punk rock hunting lodge is the Bywater's perfect place for a PBR and a bracing shot of anything and everything, whether it's to the sounds of Guitar Lightnin' Lee or a jukebox that's equal parts cheese and grease. Wrestle with heavy crowds at the monthly Mod Dance Party, where DJs spin hiss-and-pop 45's into the wee hours. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. Smoking: yes. 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532

Vaughan's Lounge

For years, Kermit Ruffins' free-wheeling Thursday night jazz jams have been the beacon drawing New Orleanians to this Bywater corner bar. Vaughan's offers free red beans and rice for those shows. There's plenty of local music on the jukebox, and local character may be what's propping up the sagging roof and sidewalk overhang at this neighborhood institution. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4229 Dauphine St., 947-5562

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CBD/ Warehouse District

7 on Fulton

This restaurant bar always has a drink special: the weekly lineup is $5 Jose Cuervo margaritas, $5 Tito vodka martinis, a wine and cheese plate special, two-for-one cocktails, $12 French 75s, $12 pitchers of Sangria, and $5 Tito Bloody Marys. The restaurant menu is available to fuel you for watching sports and surfing the Internet. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 700 Fulton St., 525-7555; www.7onfulton.com-

12 Bar

A huge guitar painted on the wall hints at the music club's focus on blues, jazz, R&B, funk and rock 'n' roll. Named after the 12-bar blues, the bar features live music Thursday through Saturday. An antebellum-style ultra-lounge features acoustic acts. Tuesday features comedy acts. Open daily. Smoking: yes. TV sports, free Wi-Fi. 608 Fulton St., 212-6476; www.12barnola.com

American Sector

Vintage World War II decor and a clean, roomy space make this a comfortable place to meet friends for a drink. Sit on the front patio or in a glassed-in patio and drink specialty beers P-40 "Falstaff" Warhawk or P-51 Mustang, brewed just for this bar. John Besh's WWII-inspired American cuisine is available until 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. weekends. Open daily. Smoking: no. 945 Magazine St., 528-1940; www.nationalww2museum.org/american-sector

Bar Noir

Imagine a cozy Broadway-theater district bar transplanted to St. Charles Avenue, down to lipstick-red walls, black-and-white tile floors and a menu of highballs, martinis and good wines. Bar Noir is the "front of the house" of the cabaret Le Chat Noir, and it opens one hour before showtime on nights or afternoons before a show. Closing varies, but local actors head there on Saturdays after final curtain and stay late. 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812, www.cabaretlechatnoir.com

Bar UnCommon

Designed in a bold style, this bar inside the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel looks like a lounge from the future. When veteran bartender Chris McMillian is on duty, however, expect classic New Orleans drinks served with a dose of cocktail history. Upscale bar snacks, sandwiches and other dishes are available. Open daily. Smoking: no. 817 Common St., 525-1111; www.baruncommon.com

The Bricks Courtyard Bar & Grill

The laid-back atmosphere, large courtyard and prime location just six blocks from the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena make this beer pub a good spot for tailgating. There are 55 different imported and domestic beers on tap and the bartender pours the popular John Daly (iced tea, lemonade and vodka) as well as other cocktails. Drink specials abound, and a kitchen will open soon. Smoking: yes. 735 St. Joseph St., 525-2396

Cajun Mike's Pub

It's a neighborhood bar with a passion for sports, offering cheap drinks all day Saturday and plenty of sports memorabilia to get you in the mood for watching games. Play Nintendo Wii on Wednesday, or go for trivia games and video poker. Cuban sandwiches, red beans and other bar eats are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.com

Capdeville

Tucked away on a side street behind the federal court buildings is this sleek modern pub. There's a rock vibe with posters and rock star portraits on the walls. A creative menu makes it a busy lunch spot, and food is available late on Friday and Saturday. Look for specials on local drinks during weekday happy hour. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 7 p.m. Friday. Open daily. Smoking: no. 520 Capdeville St., 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com

Dino's Bar and Grill

Signature martinis and steak night on Tuesday (an 8-ounce steak with potatoes and vegetables is $12.95) are among the things that draw in regulars. There also is live music most Fridays and happy hour prices for women from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday during ladies night. Hamburgers, chicken tenders, tuna, wraps and salads are on the menu. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900; www.facebook.com/dinos

The District

An old industrial space reclaimed as a neighborhood watering hole, The District's heritage shows in its weathered brick walls and cypress woodwork. The kitchen turns out Kobe beef sliders, crawfish cakes, wings and quesadillas to keep everyone on an even keel. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Dog friendly. 711 Tchoupitoulas St., 301-1476; www.districtnola.com

Dominic's

Cozy up to the long bar and gaze at the decoratively carved wood wall at this renovated 1920s building that draws locals and visitors from the two hotels and apartment complex nearby to enjoy a large drink selection. An 8-foot screen shows sports and movies, and there's live music every other Tuesday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Video poker, free Wi-Fi. 219 Carondelet St., 566-1876

Ernst Cafe

With a history dating back more than a century, the Ernst Cafe exudes old New Orleans character, from its soaring ceilings to its wrap-around gallery. But it's the energy that draws patrons after work or when the Saints or Hornets are playing at home. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri. 600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net

Extreme Sports Bar and Grille

This new bar makes no bones about its hard-driving sports mania. Big screens broadcast all the games, high-tops autographed by Hornets players adorn the walls and miniature goalposts bookend the bar. Patrons play the Madden NFL video game on a 9-foot screen on Wednesday. There's also a boxing machine, air hockey, darts and pool. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Dog friendly. 535 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-6999

Howlin' Wolf

A Michalopoulos mural covering Howlin' Wolf's exterior tells a tale of New Orleans music. Inside, today's performers add new chapters to the story on stage. Top local acts and touring bands play in a spacious room lined by facades salvaged from old shotgun houses. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 907 S. Peters St., 522-9653; www.thehowlinwolf.com

Howlin' Wolf Den

The sister club to the Howlin' Wolf has a kitchen serving tacos and barbecue, and a busy weekly calendar of diverse acts. Acoustic night on Monday is followed by simmering burlesque on Tuesday. Thursday brings Comedy Gumbeaux with local stand-up, and the Hot 8 Brass Band performs on Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 901 S. Peters St., 529-5844; www.thehowlinwolf.com

LePhare

Hidden down a quiet side street in the boutique hotel Loft 523, LePhare has a stylish design, mellow lighting and hip DJ sounds. Tuesday is salsa night with dance lessons and Latin music starting at 8 p.m., while Friday's ladies night features free Champagne until midnight. Open Tue. and Thu.-Sun. Smoking: no. 523 Gravier St., 636-1890; www.lepharenola.com

Loa

Absolut Kurant, a splash of sparkling wine and orange and pineapple juices comprise the signature Loatini at the refined and spirited Loa bar in the International House Hotel. Original craft cocktails and premium spirits highlight the regular offerings, and there are free tastings on the first Friday of every month and during Wednesday happy hour (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) December through February. Some bar snacks are available from the kitchen of Rambla. Open daily. Smoking: no. 221 Camp St., 200-6525. www.ihhotel.com

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

The laid-back attitude of southwestern California is embodied in this Warehouse District haunt that serves "global surf cuisine" (read: Mexican) and draws weekend crowds ready to party in the street or on the patio. Monday Night Football offers 50-cent wings, and there are $1 tacos 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday. There's live music for special events. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com

Masquerade

Set in the middle of Harrah's casino, Masquerade is equipped with a 34-foot-long ice bar to keep drinks chilled and a 42-foot media tower for light shows. There are Coors Light giveaways during Saints and LSU games, shown on large-screen TVs. Masquerade dancers perform on weekends, along with DJs, and there is periodic live jazz. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Harrah's New Orleans, 228 Poydras St., 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com

The Metropolitan Nightclub

This exclusive dance club is only open on Saturday nights and has an upscale dress code, as well as table and bottle service, VIP accommodations and music by DJs. It bills itself as "the place to see and be seen," and hosts large Halloween and New Year's Eve parties. Open Sat. Smoking: yes. 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, 568-1702; www.themetropolitannightclub.com

NOLA Tropical Winery

New Orleans' only tropical winery serves 38 varieties of non-grape-based wines, and hosts free wine tastings all day every day. Popular drinks include wine smoothies, Category 5 white sangria, dry blueberry wine and Sinfully Noble muscadine. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Smoking: patio only. Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., Suite 25, 561-6010; www.nolatropicalwinery.com

Rock-N-Sake

This restaurant bar promises loud music, lots of sake, beer and cocktails, plus a full menu of Japanese cuisine — all without breaking the bank. Sake hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Sunday offers half-price large hot sake, Kirin beers, sake cocktails and appetizers. For added entertainment, watch sushi chefs prepare your food. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com

The Roosevelt Hotel Bar

It describes itself as New Orleans' rock 'n' roll gastro dive, with DJs spinning music. (The bar plans to stage live music in the future.) Women get $1 Cosmopolitans Thursday until 11 p.m., and everyone gets free shots of Jameson when the Saints score a touchdown. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour: two-for-one drinks till 8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 116 University Place, 566-9444

Rusty Nail

With its bare wood walls and vintage feel, this well-hidden bar is worth seeking out. Catch open mic night on Tuesday, or give the shuffleboard table a spin any night. Visit on Thursday during "Cocktails for a Cause," and $1 from each drink benefits a local charity. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 1100 Constance St., 525-5515; www.therustynail.org

The Sazerac Bar

Reopened in 2009 following a complete restoration of the Roosevelt Hotel that houses it, The Sazerac Bar retained its elegant woodwork and Art Deco-style murals painted by artist Paul Ninas in the 1930s. Though best known for its Sazerac and Ramos Gin Fizz, invented at the bar, there is a full cocktail menu and comfortable seating. Open daily. Smoking: no. The Roosevelt New Orleans, 123 Baronne St., 648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com

Swizzle Stick

The bar at the quirky Cafe Adelaide honors the Saints with the Who Dat Punch, which includes "a little bit of this, a little bit of that and a whole lot of love." The bar offers $5 drink specials daily and live music from local entertainers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Open daily. Smoking: no. Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St, 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com

Tommy's Wine Bar

Leather chairs, comfortable couches and a wood interior provide an inviting, upscale atmosphere for enjoying the 20 wines available by the glass, the 150 bottles on the menu or cognac, Scotch and bourbon. Snack on cheese and pate or order from the menu at Tommy's Cuisine. Live music Friday and Saturday gets you deep into the weekend mood. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: no. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. 752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.com

Whiskey Blue

The elegant mahogany bar with amber lighting on the front and deep blue walls, leather chairs, banquette couches, dim lighting and large common table invite an upscale crowd of W Hotel visitors and local luminaries. Jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll photographs by Jim Marshall add a music theme, while DJs spin tunes. Craft cocktails and standards like the Sazerac fill the drink menu. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Smoking: yes. Flat-screen TVs. W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5016; www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels

Wine Institute of New Orleans

Part wine bar and part wine shop, W.I.N.O. is built around innovative self-service devices that dispense portion-controlled pours. Customers can sample to their hearts' content from 120 wines and try fine vintages rarely available by the glass elsewhere. Get a sandwich or cheese plate to round out things. Open daily. Smoking: no. Wine classes available. 610 Tchoupitoulas St., 324-8000; www.winoschool.com

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Citywide

New Orleans Original Daiquiris

Whether through brain freeze or its catchy jingle, this ubiquitous bar's frozen daiquiris are sure to get stuck in your head, thanks to dozens of locations in the metro area. Names like 190 Octane and Triple Bypass (as well as more traditional flavors such as white Russian and strawberry) are slapped on the big tanks twirling the ice-cold treats. Hours and happy hours vary by location. 1 Poydras St., 524-9504; 633 Bourbon St., 524-1585; 8100 St. Charles Ave., 866-1846; 3637 Gen. De Gaulle, 366-8351; 4450 Chef Menteur Hwy., 943-7060; 981 Jefferson Hwy., 832-5021; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-8474; 6830 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-9995; 100 Clearview Parkway, 733-0545, Metairie; 6201 Airline Drive, 736-0066; www.fat-tuesday.com

Faubourg Marigny

13 Monaghan's

Cozy up to this Frenchmen Street bar and order seasonal drink specials and vegetarian- and vegan-friendly late-night bites. Cold weather brings out the hot buttered rum and Irish coffees, and there are always pints of perfect-pour Guinness to wash down the tater tachos — that's tater tots, nachos-style. Open daily until 4 a.m. Smoking: no. 517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com

AllWays Lounge & Theatre

AllWays is a bar, a music club and a theater, where you're never sure if you're going to see an avant-garde play or hear local punk or indie rock. There is live music most nights (check website for calendar), and always an interesting and diverse crowd of Marigny denizens and other bohemian types. (December brings a staging of The Threepenny Opera by the house troupe, Cripple Creek Players.) Smoking: yes. Open 6 p.m.-3 a.m. Tue.-Sun. 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778; www.theallwayslounge.com or www.marignytheatre.org

Apple Barrel

The Apple Barrel is one of the smallest barrooms on the Frenchmen Street strip, but that doesn't prevent it from scheduling two bands per night. The bar is low on frills but easy on comfort, with a handful of barstools and tables offering a view of Frenchmen through the storefront picture windows. Happy hour 2 p.m to 7 p.m. features $2 domestic beers and discounted well drinks. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 609 Frenchmen St., 949-9399

Blue Nile

Ritzy blue and gold decor sets the mood for this music club staged in an 1832 building, reportedly the first constructed on Frenchmen Street. The club offers a full bar and live national and international bands perform in venues upstairs and down, and there's a balcony overlooking Frenchmen Street. Thursday is reggae night. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: yes. 532 Frenchmen St., 948-2583; www.bluenilelive.com

Buffa's Restaurant & Lounge

Order $2 mimosas during Sunday's live jazz brunch, or enjoy breakfast, burgers and sandwiches any time at this 24-hour lounge. A jukebox provides music other times, and customers can play darts or pool while sipping their favorite beverage from the full bar. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. Cash only. 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038; www.buffaslounge.com

Check Point Charlie

A bar and a laundromat — it took New Orleans to put the two together. Check Point doesn't stop there, though, with live music Tuesday through Saturday, open mic Sundays and karaoke Mondays. Add cheap drinks, bar food, a pool table, free Wi-Fi and a we-never-close policy and you have the perfect recipe for a dive bar. You can sleep when you're dead — but at least you'll have clean clothes. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. 501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847

d.b.a.

The all-cypress music room in this 1880s building provides a warm sound for nightly live music performances. The bar has one of the city's largest beer selections as well as a long list of single-malt Scotches and other liquors Booth window seats looking onto Frenchmen Street give people-watchers a good vantage point. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 4 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Smoking: yes. 618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731; www.dbabars.com/dbano

Desperados

It's not really a hangout for outlaws, but if you are feeling like a desperado, take your aggression out on the pool table, yell during a game on TV, or work out your extra energy dancing to the jukebox. To keep you fueled, order pizza or sandwiches with your drinks. The Hacienda Lounge upstairs is open on weekends. Open Wed.-Sun. and Mon. Smoking: patio only. 801 Frenchmen St., 943-9900; www.desperados-pizza.com

Dragon's Den

With the ambience of an opium den, this music club is entered through a steep, narrow stairwell that opens onto a dance floor and bar with pillows on the floor and bohemian charm. DJs and live bands play a diverse range of music from jazz to reggae to bluegrass. Saints games are shown on TV, and barbecue is available. There are specials on shots, beer and sake 9 p.m. until closing on Monday. Open nightly. Smoking: no. 435 Esplanade Ave., no phone; www.myspace.com/dragonsdennola

Friendly Bar

Located on a residential corner in the Marigny rectangle, the Friendly is both a gay bar and a neighborhood hangout, the kind of place with Christmas lights on the ceiling and New Orleans favorites on the juke. Come Mardi Gras, it's also a prime spot to watch the Krewe du Vieux. Happy hour weekdays 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (with three well drinks or domestic beers for $5 on Tuesdays). Open 11 a.m.-till. Smoking: yes. 2301 Chartres St., 943-8929

Hi Ho Lounge

There's something different going on every night of the week, including TV sports and live music ranging from punk to Mardi Gras Indian groups. Monday features a bluegrass pickin' party and $2 red beans and rice, Wednesday has a local videographer showcase, and the Stooges Brass Band plays Thursday. Pizza and empanadas are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446; www.hiholounge.net

Iggy's

Iggy's is a friendly neighborhood bar frequented by local characters who stop by to play the classic bowling machine, dart board, pool table, video poker or watch TV. A jukebox provides music, except when a live band takes the stage the last Saturday of each month. There's barbecue every Sunday, dart league play on Tuesday and a pool league Wednesday. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 1943 N. Rampart St., 949-3485

The John

It's a bar with a sense of humor, reflected in the gold-painted toilet-seat bar stools at the tables. Drinks here are stiff and served up in Mason jars — just the fuel needed for a spirited game of Ping-Pong against the backdrop of rockabilly, country and punk on the jukebox. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. 2040 Burgundy St., 942-7159

John Paul's Bar

Winner of the Show Bar of the Year Gay Appreciation Award for two years running, this bar is a popular spot for special events. There's a big-screen TV for football games, drag shows on Friday and Saturday, frequent performances by Marcy Marcell, music from DJs, a large selection of vodkas and top-shelf bourbons, plus $1 Miller Lite drafts and vodka punch shots all the time. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 940 Elysian Fields Ave., 948-1888; www.johnpaulsbar.com

Kajun's Pub

Down a signature Tar Ball PinaTini martini to warm you up for karaoke five nights a week, or swap stories with owner Joann Guidos, a character in Dan Baum's book Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans. Pool leagues play daily, there's Nintendo Wii bowling on Monday and big-screen TVs show football and movies. An Internet jukebox allows personal requests. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. 2256 St. Claude Ave., 947-3735; www.kajunpub.com

Lost Love Lounge

Lost Love features $2 tequila, comedy shows, massage or manicures on Thursday (along with $5 sake or Sapporo), and other special events. Watch True Blood on Sunday. You can nosh on spring rolls, pho and vermicelli bowls from Pho King in the back of the bar. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2529 Dauphine St., 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com

The Maison

This music and dance club has several stages of entertainment on two levels and a balcony overlooking the main stage, with live jazz, funk or brass bands every night. There is an open musicians jam at 10 p.m. Monday, and a dance party with guest DJs in the penthouse at 10 p.m. Friday. There's also free Wi-Fi, trivia games, pool tables, video poker and dart boards. Food is available. Open 4 p.m. daily. 508 Frenchmen St., 371-5543; www.maisonfrenchmen.com

Mimi's in the Marigny

End your night or start your day with Spanish-influenced tapas at this neighborhood bar (except Mondays, when the kitchen is closed), which pulls in hipsters and locals from all over. Listen to live music or DJ Soul Sister upstairs on Saturday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Pool table, dart board. 2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.myspace.com/mimisinthemarigny

Phoenix Bar Bikers,

bears and leather aficionados call the Phoenix home, but you don't have to be gay to be welcome at this big red barn on Elysian Fields. Special events include Wii bowling on Monday nights, Tuesday pool tourneys, Saturday afternoon movies and a $5 Friday night beer bust. Go shirtless and get happy hour prices on Wednesday nights. DJ s play house music on weekend nights. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. 941 Elysian Fields Ave., 945-9264; www.neworleansphoenix.com

R Bar

You no longer have to choose between a night on the town or a hair appointment; R Bar offers $10 haircuts in an antique barber chair (along with a complimentary shot) on Mondays. There's a jukebox and DJs for music lovers and Friday night food specials. If you can't drive home, book a room at the Royal Street Inn upstairs. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Pool table, TV sports. 1431 Royal St., 948-7499; www.royalstreetinn.com

Ruthie's Bar at the Marigny Brasserie

Ruthie's Bar in the Marigny Brasserie provides upscale surroundings and a casual atmosphere for craft cocktails such as the signature Ruthie's rum punch, a Pimm's cup or cucumber cosmopolitan. There's comfortable seating inside, or take a table on Frenchmen Street. The restaurant's full menu is available. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472; www.marignybrasserie.com

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

A New Orleans standard for both visitors and locals, Snug Harbor features live jazz music daily in a room off the bar, featuring some of the best names in the genre. It also has a video screen so bar patrons can watch the performance. Order food at the bar from the adjoining dining room, which serves Creole and New Orleans fare. Open daily. Smoking: no. 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com

Spotted Cat

Women can test their musical talents on a piano in the ladies room at this live jazz and blues music club, which charges no cover most nights. Local art decorates the walls, and you can sit at the bar or stake out a table. Abita beer is king here, but other drinks are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 623 Frenchmen St., 943-3887; www.spottedcatmusicclub.com

Three Muses

Earlier this year, chef Daniel Esses, musician Sophie Lee and restaurant/hospitality specialist Christopher Starnes opened this chic restaurant/bar, which stages music nightly. An experienced bartender, Starnes pours craft cocktails every night. Tapas are available in the bar. Open 4 p.m. Wed.-Mon. Smoking: no. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 536 Frenchmen St., 298-8746; www.thethreemuses.com

Yuki Izakaya

This Japanese-style tavern offers a taste of its homeland, with red and black decor, Japanese movie posters and Japanese films screened on the back walls some nights. There also are DJs and live music. Sake and shochu are the favored libations, and there are ginger beer and coconut-lemongrass sake. Tapas are available, and there is outside seating. Open 6 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Smoking: no. 525 Frenchmen St., 943-1122; www.myspace.com/yukiizakaya

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French Quarter

The Abbey

You won't find any monks at this Abbey, but more likely a motley collection of patrons ranging from poets to motorcycle mechanics to off-duty strippers. They preside from the bar or hunker in wooden booths at this lower Decatur stalwart, where 3 p.m. can feel as dark as 3 a.m. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 1123 Decatur St., 523-7177

Arnaud's French 75 Bar

You can drink whatever you want at this cigar bar, but bartender Chris Hannah's specialty is craft cocktails and forgotten classics served from a bar built in the 1800s. Cocktails are made with fresh ingredients, and homemade syrups and liqueurs. Cigars are available. The food menu is upscale and you can eat at comfortable tables or in a window booth overlooking Bienville Street. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com

Attiki

Bar goers get a taste of the Mediterranean with flavored hookah tobaccos, weekly belly dancing nights (11 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.) and a menu including Greek standards served until 4 a.m. Happy hour (3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.) offers $3 imported beers, $2 domestics and $4 house wines. The bar offers a large menu of flavorful martinis. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com

Aunt Tiki's

In a city thick with dive bars, Aunt Tiki's distinguishes itself as one of the grittiest, partly because of its spooky black-light glow and Halloween decor, partly because it's cheap enough that even the chronically under-employed can afford to lose their weekends there. The jukebox's standout selection is as eclectic as the crowd. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. 1207 Decatur St., 680-8454

Balcony Music Club (BMC)

Where Decatur Street meets Esplanade Avenue is where the music starts. Before the Frenchmen Street main course, this music hall houses everything from brass bands to salsa ensembles to rock 'n' roll on its main stage and patio every night of the week. Opens 6 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 504 Esplanade Ave., 522-2940

Bar Tonique

A craft cocktail bar that prides itself on customer service, Bar Tonique uses fresh-squeezed juices and tomatoes, house-made syrups, tonics and other mixers in its drinks. It also makes its own ginger beer and infuses bacon in Russian vodka for its Bloody Marys. Changing daily drinks are $5, except on Tuesday. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 820 N. Rampart St., 324-6045; www.bartonique.com

Beach on Bourbon

This dance club not only claims to have the largest dance floor on Bourbon Street, where you can move your feet to music presented by live bands, MCs and DJs, but it also boasts the only mechanical whale ride. If you like to watch more than do, check out sports on the TV. Happy hour features three-for-one drinks from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and noon to 9 p.m. weekends. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 227 Bourbon St., 523-3800; www.bourbonsbest.com

Beerfest I

There are about 30 beers on tap at this bar, which offers live music, trivia games and video poker. Women can trade in their bra for a free beer and have the undergarment stapled to the ceiling. Mexican food, burgers and skewers are available for sustenance. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 409 Bourbon St., 525-2222

Beerfest II

There's live music daily, plus trivia games and video poker. There are several beers on tap and a selection of wine. Sate your hunger with burgers, nachos and peanuts. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 630 Bourbon St., 525-3010

Belli Baci Lounge

This lounge is a plush perch for sipping martinis and sampling Italian-style tapas. Opera singers who perform in the adjoining Cafe Giovanni sometimes pop in, too. Daily happy hour is 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., while there is a second late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Open daily. Smoking: no. 117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com

Bombay Club

Outfitted in the style of a fine English pub, with overstuffed wingback chairs, a bar serving 50 different martinis and an intimate courtyard, the Bombay Club offers an upscale menu of American contemporary cuisine. There's live music Wednesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com

Bootleggers Bar and Grille

This restaurant bar next door to the House of Blues has occasional live music and screens NFL and college football games on its six large-screen TVs. There's outside seating and a cafe-style menu with po-boys, duck and andouille gumbo and more. Get two-for-one drinks from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Popular drinks include mint-infused gin, homemade bacon Bloody Marys and margaritas made with jalapeno-infused tequila. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 209 Decatur St., 525-1087

Bourbon Cowboy

Strap on your chaps and take a ride on the bucking mechanical bull or throw beads from one of the largest balconies on Bourbon Street. You can watch TV sports or dance to MCs or DJs nightly. Happy hour gets you three-for-one drinks from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays or noon to 9 p.m. on weekends. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 241 Bourbon St., 581-2410; www.bourbonsbest.com

Bourbon Cowboy, Too

If you're feeling adventurous, take a ride on the mechanical bull in the balcony bar, or sip cocktails in the bar's large courtyard. Test your dancing skills to live music staged nightly. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 516 Bourbon St., 523-3800; www.bourbonsbestbars.com

Bourbon Pub and Parade

The self-proclaimed largest gay bar in New Orleans is fun for everyone. The bar's philosophy for music is "if you can't hum it, we won't play it," and Thursday nights mean the So You Think You Can Sing? karaoke contest. The bar also hosts a "Student Body" contest (Thursday), a pop music night (Friday) and drag performances (Sunday). Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 801 Bourbon St., 524-3788; www.bourbonpub.com

Bourbon Rocks

Take a twirl on the dance poles if you dare, exercise your own pipes with karaoke or enjoy live music and DJs inside or in the courtyard. There are also TVs, video poker and trivia games. Happy hour features changing drink specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 615 Bourbon St., 566-1446

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Flat-screen TVs show sporting events as well as the movie FORREST GUMP. Trivia games and house music provide additional entertainment. The restaurant menu is available, including fresh fish, shrimp, salads, ribs and more. Favorite drinks include Lt. Dan's Pomegranate Punch and Bubba Gump's original sweet tea cooler. Open daily. Smoking: no. 429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com

Cafe Lafitte in Exile

A frequent haunt of writer Tennessee Williams back in the day, Cafe Lafitte In Exile claims the title of oldest gay bar in the U.S. With two floors of music and video, as well as an upstairs pool table and balcony overlooking Bourbon Street, this bar hosts karaoke on Wednesday and The Original Trash Disco on Sunday. Happy hour starts at 1 p.m. Monday and runs through 9 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. 901 Bourbon St., 522-8397; www.lafittes.com

Carousel Bar

One of New Orleans' most famous and elegant bars, drawing celebrities like Michael Jordan and Gregg Allman, the 25-seat bar rotates under a canopy of stars (there's even a periodic comet). The less adventurous can sit in stationary booths or at tables while enjoying libations such as the Vieux Carre Cocktail or The Goody invented here. Pianist John Autin plays 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking: no. Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com

Carriageway Bar at The Court of Two Sisters

Legend has it that if you touch the black iron Charm Gate as you enter this old-fashioned bar, you will have good luck. Whether or not that is true, you are sure to find drinks as classic as the dark wood and brick bar, including mint juleps, Bloody Marys and the signature Bayou Bash. Partake in the adjoining restaurant's daily jazz brunch buffet or order a la carte at night. Open daily. Smoking: no. 613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com

Cat's Meow

You can be a star at this karaoke bar with vermilion paw prints all over its yellow walls, or exercise your dance moves to MCs and DJs who perform daily. The Hurricane is the most popular drink, and you can enjoy one on a balcony patio overlooking Bourbon Street. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 701 Bourbon St., 523-2788, ext.1; www.catskaraoke.com

Chart Room Inc.

There's a nautical theme to this neighborhood bar but no gimmicks, just cheap drinks, a good mix of tourist and locals, and a friendly atmosphere. Football games are shown on the TV, and a jukebox features retro tunes. Regular drink prices are akin to most bar's happy hours, with $1.50 draft beers, $2.50 well drinks and $4 call brands. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 300 Chartres St., 522-1708

Cosimo's

This laid-back neighborhood bar is a gathering place for people who want to catch up over jukebox tunes, play trivia games, darts, pool or video poker and watch sports on TV. Tuesday and Thursday are service industry nights. Pizza, burgers and sandwiches are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 1201 Burgundy St., 522-9715

Coyote Ugly Saloon-New Orleans

In January 2000, New Orleans transplant "Lil Spill" opened the French Quarter location of her chain of bars, made famous in an eponymous movie in 2000. You can count on raucous customers and pretty employees using their bodies as shot glasses and dancing on the bar. Daily drink specials ease the pain. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 225 N. Peters St., 561-0003; www.coyoteuglysaloon.com

Crescent City Brewhouse

The French Quarter's only microbrewery creates five distinctly unique beers you can enjoy while listening to live jazz nightly. The historic building that houses the brewpub originally was a private residence, then a fur processing plant. Crescent City Brewhouse's restoration of the building won it a Vieux Carre City Council award for maintaining the integrity of a historic property. The cuisine features local ingredients and New Orleans/Creole preparations. Open daily. Smoking: no. 527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Davenport Lounge

Grammy-nominated crooner and jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport plays early and late on Friday and Saturday with no cover charge. Order the signature Davenportini, a Sazerac, Ritz-Carlton Pimm's Cup (with fresh seasonal fruit) or a Ritz-Carlton martini (with gin and cucumber). Food comes from the adjoining M Bistro. Open daily. Smoking: no. Parking validated with drink or food purchase. Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal St., 670-2828; www.ritzcarlton.com

The Dungeon and Front of the Dungeon

Describing itself as a haunted house and a haven for rockers and metalheads, The Dungeon has four bars, two jukeboxes and DJs to help visitors rock out. The front bar screens sports and has video poker and a pool table. Thursday features two-for-one mixed drinks and half-price pitchers of draft beer from 10:30 p.m. until closing. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: yes. 738 Toulouse St., 523-5530; www.originaldungeon.com

Erin Rose

An old-fashioned, fully stocked bar and friendly atmosphere makes this a comfortable neighborhood hangout for locals, musicians, service industry workers and tourists. The jukebox has a wide variety of classics and local music, and there's free Wi-Fi, sports on TV and video poker. Frozen Irish coffee, Guinness and other drinks are complemented with tater tots, cheese sticks and egg rolls. Look for late-night beer specials. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 811 Conti St., 523-8619; www.erinrosebar.com

Fritzel's Jazz Club

Celebrating its 41st anniversary this year, Fritzel's is a mecca for musicians and music lovers alike, with live traditional jazz music nightly. The most popular libations here are absinthe and Hurricanes, but one of its claims to fame is that it was the first bar in the U.S. to serve Jägermeister. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 733 Bourbon St., 586-4800; www.fritzels.net

Funky Pirate

Aye! matey. You'll not find any brigands at this pirate's den, but you will find pirate-related decor and drinks that may shiver ye timbers, including Hand Grenades, Tropical Itches, Shark Attacks and Horny Gators. This blues music club features live performances, often by Big Al and the Blues Masters, daily. There is a patio for nature lovers. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour noon-8 p.m. most days. 727 Bourbon St., 523-1960; www.tropicalisle.com

Good Friends Bar

"Snappy casual" is the dress code at this Quarter gay hangout favorite, which features two stories of bars and a wraparound balcony (the VIP viewing stand for the annual Krewe of Barkus). Tuesday nights are for karaoke, piano singalongs are held Sundays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Good Friends draws a big crowd for all Saints games. Try a "separator" — the house special tastes like a frozen milkshake and packs a serious kick. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hours 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 740 Dauphine St., 566-7191; www.goodfriendsbar.com

Hard Rock Cafe

There is plenty to look at in this restaurant and bar dedicated to rock 'n' roll. Examine signed mementos and memorabilia ranging from guitars owned by stars to their costumes and lots of photographs. Music videos play constantly on strategically placed screens. There are seasonal drink specials, and the restaurant's classic American menu is available. Open daily. Smoking: balcony patio only. 418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com/neworleans

Hermes Bar

Opened by Antoine's restaurant in 2009, the grandeur of the restaurant's classic dining rooms extends into the Hermes Bar. The ambience is sophisticated, with bow-tied bartenders, but it isn't stuffy. Watch TV or come for live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar is known for classic New Orleans drinks like the Sazerac, sidecar and Pimm's Cup. The menu features a signature oyster Foch po-boy, oysters Rockefeller and more. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sun. 725 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoinesrestaurant.com

House of Blues

Designed with the ambience of an old Southern Delta juke joint, this club features local, national and international bands and a gospel brunch on Sunday. Bands play in the main venue downstairs and The Parish, a smaller room upstairs, with bars open only when music plays. Other times, you can drink in the restaurant or the courtyard and explore the 268 pieces of folk art hanging on the walls. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/neworleans

Howl at the Moon

Daily live music features dueling rock 'n' roll pianos and performers with vast songbooks and lively senses of humor. There also are TVs for watching sports. Happy hour offers three-for-one cocktails from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. No cover charge. 135 Bourbon St., 586-9022; www.howlatthemoon.com

Iris

This small restaurant bar offers innovative craft cocktails made with fresh ingredients, many of them obscure. Favorite drinks include the Thai melon, with cantaloupe nectar, kaffir lime-infused vodka; and In Heated Absence, which has absinthe and other fresh ingredients. The bar menu includes small plates and finger foods, or order from the restaurant menu. Open 5 p.m. Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Smoking: patio only. 321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com

Jazz Parlor Saloon

Evoking New Orleans' famed Storyville with its decor, this music club books blues and jazz bands nightly, including regulars Brian Lee and Rooster and the Chickenhawks. Get three-for-one cocktails 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Open 5 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 125 Bourbon St., 586-9022; www.bourbonsaloon.com

Kerry Irish Pub

As with any Irish pub, there's plenty of Harp and Guinness on tap at Kerry, and it also has Smithwick's ale and cider on draft. The bar has carved out a niche with its nightly live entertainment schedule, featuring a mix of folk and roots music with Irish bands typically filling two nights per week. There's a jukebox for when the stage is empty, and there's a pool table as well. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 331 Decatur St., 527-5954; www.kerryirishpub.com

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Built in the early 1700s and boasting it is the oldest bar in the United States, Lafitte's is frequented by ghost tours, pirate lovers and neighborhood regulars. Legend has it that in the early 19th century, pirate Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre used the bar to fence their ill-gotten goods. Today it houses a piano bar and offers a full bar and a patio. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 941 Bourbon St., 593-9761; www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com

Last Call Sports Bar & Grille

There are 10 TVs and an all-sports package to keep sports fanatics happy, and a jukebox for music lovers. You can order burgers, grilled chicken or salads and wash them down with pony beers, the favorite drink here. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. Video poker, free Wi-Fi. 806 Conti St., 566-1103

Lipstixx

The big red lips on the sign outside the door hint at what's waiting inside. The gentlemen's club has topless stage dancing and DJs spinning tunes. There's a range of beer, wine and cocktails. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Video poker. 420 Bourbon St., 527-0744

Little Tropical Isle

This is a smaller version of its sister bar (Tropical Isle Original), with an upscale twist. There is live music from 4:30 p.m. until closing daily, and a courtyard where patrons can soak in the ambience of the French Quarter. Popular drinks are the Tropical Itch, Shark Attack, Horny Gator and Hand Grenade. Open daily. Smoking: courtyard only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily. 435 Bourbon St., 525-1689; www.tropicalisle.com

Margaritaville Cafe

Free live music is performed daily at Jimmy Buffet's two-story restaurant/bar. Daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. features $2 Land Shark Lager drafts, $2.50 well drinks, $3 wine and $3.50 Hurricanes and mojitos. Patrons can order from a menu inspired by Gulf Coast cooking. Open daily. Smoking: no. 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritavilleneworleans.com

Molly's at the Market

This lower Decatur hangout is both a New Orleans newspaperman museum and a bastion of local Irish artifacts. The bar's Halloween and St. Patrick's Day parades make it a go-to spot for those holidays, and when the front bar is full, there's another in the back — as well as a kitchen slinging fried bar snacks and burgers. Open daily till 6 a.m. Smoking: yes. 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net

Napoleon's Itch

True Blood shots, mojitos and $3 martinis are the most popular drinks served at this French Quarter martini bar. DJs spinning music, free Wi-Fi, sports and music videos provide entertainment. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour noon-9 p.m. daily. 734 Bourbon St., 371-5450; www.napoleonsitch.com

One Eyed Jacks

The red velour-meets-Goth parlor bar — flanked by a vintage Playboy pinball machine and glowing bottles of booze — serves as the appetizer for the inside stage, where another bar lubricates the dance floor. Fast Times '80s Night is Thursday at 10 p.m., and the venue regularly hosts touring indie rock and metal mammoths. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

Orleans Grapevine

Choose from a list of 50 wines by the glass or more than 300 different bottles at this wine bar near Preservation Hall. There's a player piano to add ambience, and a courtyard for basking in the French Quarter atmosphere. The menu includes upscale American dishes. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com

Oz

With bass-pumping speakers, epileptic fit-inducing light shows, a top-notch roster of celebrated drag queens and other performing acts and a jumpin' dance floor, Oz sets the bar for gay dance clubs (or straight ones, for that matter). Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m-8 p.m. daily. 800 Bourbon St., 593-9491; www.ozneworleans.com

Pat O'Brien's

This famous French Quarter spot isn't just for tourists, though you may want to leave the signature Hurricane to out-of-towners. For casual or romantic ambience, there's a courtyard with a flaming fountain, or step inside the piano bar or a lounge with a jukebox. Saints fans get free hot dogs before games and $2 beer specials before and up to an hour after the game. American, Creole and Cajun cuisine available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 718 St. Peter St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.com

Pravda!

Step into pre-Revolutionary Russia (Pravda means "truth" in Russian) at this comfortable lounge dominated by red decor, chandeliers and walls plastered with early Soviet propaganda. There's also a large courtyard with a fountain and pond. The drink menu includes one of the largest absinthe selections around and more than 50 types of vodka. Opens at 7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., noon Fri.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. Dog friendly. 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112; www.pravdaofnola.com

Rawhide 2010

Kick-start weekend mornings with $3.50 Jameson Irish coffee or a $6 spicy Bloody Mary at this French Quarter leather bar. Bring your own meat from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, and the bar will supply a salad and baked potato. Happy hour is 1 p.m. Mon. to 9 p.m. Fri., plus 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 740 Burgundy St., 525-8106; www.rawhide2010.com

Rick's Cabaret

This upscale gentleman's club is known for beautiful women, attentive service, quality cocktails (the Rick's 'Rita is popular) and its Friday buffet, which includes prime rib, roast beef and a full salad bar. Happy hour 2 p.m. to 4 p.m Mon.-Sun. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 315 Bourbon St., 524-4222

Rick's Sporting Saloon

Rick's isn't hard to find: just look out for its signature swinging legs. The gentleman's/sports club has a handsome interior that boasts plush furniture, a menu of pub food, a 92-inch super screen and 11 televisions. Specials include $5 drafts and featured appetizers on Fridays, and $5 Coors Light pitchers and free hot dogs and wings for Monday Night Football. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 533 Bourbon St., 553-2510; www.facebook.com/ricksnola

Rita's Tequila House

There are more than 135 tequilas available, displayed on shelves with blue backlighting. Fajitas, yuca fries and other Tex-Mex specialties made with fresh ingredients are cooked to order over mesquite. Enjoy them in a lively atmosphere inside or the beautiful courtyard. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tue. 419 Bourbon St., 298-8227; www.ritas-fajitas.com

Rotolo's Pizzeria

Serving the official pizza of the New Orleans Saints, this restaurant bar also has something special for fans: all-day happy hours with changing daily specials. Most days feature beer specials, but Wednesday offers $4 double wells and Friday $6 double call brands. A menu of pizza, calzones, pasta, sandwiches and salads is available. Open daily. Smoking: no. 339 Chartres St., 587-0990; www.rotolos.com

Rubyfruit Jung

leLesbian bar Rubyfruit Jungle caters to a different subculture just about every night: Wednesday hosts glam nights and burlesque acts; Friday brings a retro '80s dance party and Sunday pulls in a goth and fetish crowd. Upstairs, Ruby Moon croons sultry jazz and blues tunes on Friday and Saturday. Open Wed.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Daily drink specials. 1135 Decatur St., 571-1863

Scores

DJs provide the music at this gentlemen's/dance club, which also has video poker and a pool table. Beer, wine and a full range of liquor are available. Girls dance on stage in bikinis or topless. There sometimes is a cover charge or drink minimum. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 416 Bourbon St., 525-0999

ShoBar

Music at this dance club is powered by DJs, and the dancers on the stage wear bikinis or are topless. There's a one-drink minimum and a full bar. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 632 Bourbon St., 528-8780

Starlight By The Park

Situated across from Armstrong Park, this gay music/dance club draws a diverse crowd who orders craft cocktails from celebrity bartenders. There's a drag show on Friday, and the Jaded Jade Revue takes the stage at midnight Saturday. Bring-your-own-meat starts at 6 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard, and Starlight supplies the sides. DJs and a jukebox provide music, and the bar is open around the clock Friday through Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 834 N. Rampart St., 561-8939; www.starlightbythepark.com

Stiletto's

A neon stiletto marks the spot for this adult entertainment dance club with music provided by DJs. Topless dancers are the main attraction, and there are Champagne rooms in the courtyard, as well as a wine loft and VIP suites. Open 7 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. Video poker. 325 Bourbon St., 527-0825; www.myspace.com/stilettos_cabaret325

Sylvain

A mishmash of Old World-ambience (a courtyard and colonial-inspired decor nod to the French Quarter location's history) and new-school culinary trends (craft cocktails and unorthodox menu pairings, like Veuve Clicquot and hand-cut fries, abound) have created quite a buzz for this new bar and bistro. A full menu of classic American entrees with Italian, French and Southern twists is available. Open daily. Smoking: no. 625 Chartres St., 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com

Tango's Lounge

Wednesday is karaoke (8 p.m.) and Tuesday is ladies night. There's a 62-inch TV for watching sports, a jukebox, free Wi-Fi and video poker. Chow on free red beans and rice on Monday and free food during Saints games (there's a gas grill in the courtyard). Open noon daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and midnight-closing (usually 4 a.m.) Mon.-Fri. 1000 Bienville St., 523-4111

Temptations

Housed in a 19th-century mansion, this gentlemen's club has a plush parlor, topless dancers and rooms off a courtyard for private dances. DJs provide the music, there's a pool table and a full bar to quench your thirst. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 327 Bourbon St., 525-4470

Three Legged Dog

Serious sports fans appreciate the 12-foot TV, and there's a 52-inch high-definition Golden Tee for gamers. You can get two-for-one drinks all day to get you warmed up for trivia games, darts and video poker. Burgers, smoked ribs and brisket, tacos and more are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. 400 Burgundy St., 412-8335

Tropical Isle

Watch the foot traffic on Bourbon Street from the Top of the Trop second-floor bar and balcony or play trivia games, pool, foosball, air hockey or a basketball machine. Sports are shown on TV, or listen to live music all afternoon every day. Specialty drinks include the Hand Grenade, Shark Attack, Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour noon-8 p.m. daily. 721 Bourbon St., 529-4109; www.tropicalisle.com

Tropical Isle Bayou Club

This music club features live zydeco music every night, starting at 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Check out specialty drinks like the Shark Attack, Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily. 610 Bourbon St., 529-1702; www.tropicalisle.com

Tropical Isle Original

Live music starts early here — 1 p.m. daily — and continues until closing. The bar invites song requests via a pneumatic tube like a bank drive-up window. There also are sports broadcasts and trivia games to pass a good time. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily. 600 Bourbon St., 529-1702; www.tropicalisle.com

Turtle Bay Food & Spirits

Brick walls inside give this bar across from the French Market a comfortable ambience, appropriate for watching Saints, LSU, NBA and NHL matchups on the high-definition TVs. There are 25 beers on tap and a courtyard for visiting with friends. Sate your hunger with ribeye steak, a cochon de lait po-boy, pizza, burgers and more. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 1119 Decatur St., 586-0563; www.turtlebayneworleans.com

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Lakeview

The Basin Irish Pub

This neighborhood bar offers trivia games, darts, a pool table, video poker, a jukebox and TVs for watching sports. Mix-and-match domestic beer is five for $10 during the day and five for $12.50 at night. On game days, there's free food and $9 domestic beer buckets. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 152 W. Harrison Ave., 309-6887

Homedale Inn

Established in 1937, this neighborhood bar focuses on locals, with a well-stocked jukebox and sports screenings. There are also trivia games (Wednesday), steak night (Thursday), darts and video poker. Guinness and Abita Amber drafts and shots are the most-ordered drinks. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. 618 Homedale St., 488-5519

McNulty's Bitter End

Irish coffee, Irish Car Bombs, Guinness beer and Stella drafts are the defining drinks at this neighborhood bar, which has live music occasionally. A jukebox, trivia games, a dart board, pool table, video poker, free Wi-Fi and TVs showing sports provide entertainment. The bar soon will open a kitchen serving Memphis-style barbecue. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: yes. 5129 Canal Blvd., 324-3642

The Steak Knife Restaurant & Bar

A popular restaurant and local gathering place, The Steak Knife has a front bar with 18 chairs and white cloth-draped tables to accommodate another 40. Try the signature brandy Alexander freeze to get a start on dessert. The restaurant's full menu of appetizers, steaks and seafood is available at the bar. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: patio only. 888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981 or 488-3229; www.steakkniferestaurant.com

Studio A

Located in the back of The Steak Knife Restaurant, this music club features live jazz, rock 'n' roll, '60s music and more on Friday nights, including Luther Kent, Mo' Jelly and Matt Johnson. Sip on a cocktail and dance, or watch sports on TV. Open Fri. Smoking: patio only. Video poker, free Wi-Fi. 888 Harrison Ave., 488-3229 or 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.com

Zachary's By the Lake

Watch your favorite sporting event while you toss back a couple of cold ones at this restaurant bar, or enjoy your libations on one of two patios. The restaurant's full menu of American and seafood dishes is available. Ladies' Afternoon Delight features monthly drink specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 872-9832; www.zacharysbythelake.com

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Mid-City

12-Mile Limit

This new bar, opened in late October, is named for the 12-mile offshore boundary beyond which alcohol could be served during Prohibition. Founder T. Cole Newton mixes craft cocktails, such as the namesake Twelve Mile Limit featuring rum and pomegranate, at dive bar prices. The neighborhood joint also is home to Shortall's Barbecue. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 500 S. Telemachus, no phone

Banks Street Bar & Grill

There's never a cover charge for the nightly music shows by Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Bryan Lee, Gravity A and others. Chow on free red beans and rice on Monday, free BLTs on Wednesday and free barbecue on Sunday. Happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays offers domestic beers for $1.50. There's also free Wi-Fi, a pool table, sports on TV and video poker. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 4401 Banks St., www.banksstreetbar.com

Bayou Beer Garden

The selection of craft and imported beers is large, and beer bucket specials are available all the time. The tropical outdoor deck and patio are favorite spots for visiting over a cool brew. Regulars come by to watch sports on TV or play trivia games, darts, pool or video poker. There is live music on some weekends, and daily specials are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. Dog friendly. 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com

Bayou Park Bar

This music club features mostly local live music nightly, as well as DJs and a rocking jukebox. There's a large selection of vodkas and bourbons, and happy hour (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) features $1.50 beer and $2.50 cocktails. New Orleans cuisine is available, as well as darts, pool tables, video poker, a large projector TV and plasma TV with satellite sports. Open: daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., no phone; www.myspace.com/bayouparkbar

Beach Corner Bar & Grill

This quintessential neighborhood bar has beer bucket specials during all Saints, LSU and Tulane games and free red beans and rice during Monday Night Football. There is a menu of grilled chicken, tuna steaks and appetizers from lunch until late into the night. Great burger. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 4905 Canal St., 488-7357

The Bulldog Mid-City

Like its Uptown sibling, this Bulldog offers a larger variety of draft and bottled beer than seems possible for one building to hold, from standard domestics to exotic microbrews. Sporting events pull in big crowds, and the lush beer garden is dog friendly. Keep your decorated Bulldog pint glasses on Wednesdays. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com

Chickie Wah Wah

Zydeco dance lessons begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and there's live music Monday through Saturday. The kitchen is open when live music plays, and the menu includes high-end bar food prepared fresh with local ingredients. Get $1 off drinks during Saints games. Take a break on the covered patio. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu. Free Wi-Fi. 2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com

Chocolate Bar

DJs spin the tunes and a sharp-dressed crowd turns up on the weekends at this sleekly appointed club near the corner of Tulane and Broad. Friday's happy hour stretches from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with two-for-one drinks and a free buffet to get you through to dinner. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking: yes. 540 S. Broad St., 827-4717

Clever

Although it features 17 wines available by the glass, Clever also boasts some serious craft cocktails. The Aztec combines Plymouth gin, sweet vermouth and Regan's Orange Bitters with jalapeno-infused Chartreuse. The bar boasts a convivial, lounge-like atmosphere and some outdoor seating. Weekday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. offers $3 and $4 wines and $4 martinis. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 3700 Orleans Ave.; 483-6314; www.cleverwines.com

Club Caribbean

This reggae club features DJs and live shows twice a week. Friday is ladies night with free admission and drinks for women from 9 p.m. to midnight, and there is a Caribbean buffet for all patrons. Saturday features dancehall reggae music, free admission from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., and two-for-one drinks from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. There's also food catered by Bittles with the Vittles. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking: yes. 2441 Bayou Road, 957-9666; www.clubcaribbeanneworleans.com

Evangeline Lounge

Set up like a living room with red walls, well-worn couches and coffee tables, this neighborhood bar draws regulars for football games screened on six flat-screen TVs. There's a fully stocked bar and a large wine selection, plus a jukebox, pool table, video poker and free Wi-Fi. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily. 4501 Toulouse St., 482-1677

Finn McCool's Irish Pub

As the city's de facto expat clubhouse, Finn McCool's is where "who dat" meets "Erin go bragh." You're likely to hear a brogue on either side of the bar and the Guinness taps kept busy as bartenders masterfully draw off pints. Pub Quiz packs the house each Monday starting at 7:30 p.m. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 3701 Banks St., 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com

Liuzza's by the Track

The restaurant has a menu of po-boys and other New Orleans standards, but the kitchen closes for Saints games, when neighborhood residents bring potluck dishes and gather to watch the game at the bar. The bar specializes in the basics, like spicy Bloody Marys, margaritas and frozen schooners of Abita. Open Mon.-Sat. (Sundays for Saints games). Smoking: no. 1518 N. Lopez, 218-7888

Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar

A quintessential Mid-City Nawlins watering hole since the 1940s, the bar at Liuzza's is a great place to give the jukebox a spin, watch football or just relax and chat over a Bush Whacker (a frozen chocolate cocktail) or one of the 18-ounce beers served in a heavy frozen mug. Order fried dill pickles or fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade for a bar snack. Open daily until 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 p.m. weekends. Smoking: no. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu. 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com

Mick's Irish Pub

Whether you're watching or playing the game, Mick's has you covered. The neighborhood pub supplies the grub while you watch Saints and LSU games (as well as $1 off all pitchers for Monday Night Football). Or fill up on weeknights (including hot dogs on Tuesdays) for backroom pinball, darts, Ping-Pong and Ms. Pac-Man. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4801 Bienville St., 482-9113

Mid City Yacht Club

There's always something fun to do at this neighborhood bar near St. Patrick's Park. Try your luck at video poker, darts or pool, surf the web with free Wi-Fi or watch sports on nine high-definition TVs. The bar features homemade Bloody Mary mix and vodkas infused with Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Red Hots and bacon. Happy hour features domestic beer buckets for $10. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 440 S. St. Patrick St., 483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.com

Outerbanks

Join in the Ping-Pong tournament on Tuesday at 8 p.m., the pool league on Wednesday or try your luck at the chicken drop the first Friday of every month. There's live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and barbecue, jambalaya and crawfish (in season) are available on Sunday. Happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays with $3 martinis and $1.50 domestic bottled beer. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 2401 Palmyra St., 218-8109; www.myspace.com/outerbanksbar

Pal's Lounge

Located just off Bayou St. John, Pal's blends the appeal of a cozy neighborhood joint with the buzz of a hip nightspot. Whether it's free red beans and movies on Monday, $2 barbecue tacos on Tuesday or trivia night on Thursday, there's always something going on. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 949 N. Rendon St., 488-7257

Parkview Tavern

The back patio of this neighborhood bar is a popular spot for watching football games (there are even heaters for staying toasty during cold weather). Polished wood walls and a pool table add to the tavern atmosphere, and a tiled bar front inserts a touch of funk. There's picnic table seating on the front porch. Pitchers of domestic beer are $4.50 all day Saturday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 910 N. Carrollton Ave., 482-2680; www.myspace.com/parkviewtavern

Ralph's on the Park

City Park Avenue deserves a bar as beautiful as its vista, and the bar in Ralph's on the Park fits the bill. With 20 wines by the glass, some creative cocktails (a lemon-basil Bloody Mary) and small plates served in the bar, it's a destination unto itself whether you're dining at the restaurant or not. The bar opens at 3 p.m. for happy hour, and Joe Krown entertains Tue.-Thu., 5-8 p.m., as well as at Sunday brunch. Closing times vary with restaurant hours. Smoking: no. 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, www.ralphsonthepark.com.

The Red Door

The Red Door has been in business since 1940, and it saw a thorough redo after Hurricane Katrina. It's now a tidy neighborhood sports bar decked with team banners and crowded with loyal fans on game day. Drop by any day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and you'll find happy hour prices in effect. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 206 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-5801; www.reddoornola.com

Rock 'n' Bowl

The unusual combination of bowling alley and music club works for Rock 'n' Bowl, a frequent stop for locals and a must-see venue for visitors. New Orleans legends play music on Tuesday. Wednesday is swing night, and Thursday features zydeco bands. There's a dance floor and tables to sit, drink and enjoy pizza, buffalo wings, fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade and more. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: no. 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700; www.rocknbowl.com

Wit's Inn Bar & Pizza Kitchen

This neighborhood bar and restaurant sets a mood of fun with witty sayings and quotes plastered on the walls and a lively atmosphere enhanced by a digital Internet jukebox, a dart board, pool table and 12 high-definition TVs. There are two-for-one margaritas on Tuesday, triple-shot vodkas on Wednesday, and $5 pizza Thursday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600; BYWATER | CBD / WAREHOUSE | CITY WIDE / MARIGNY | QUARTER | LAKEVIEW| MID-CITY | RIVERBEND / CARROLLTON / UNIVERSITY | TREME / UPTOWN | JEFFERSON PARISH | NORTHSHORE | WESTBANK |


Riverbend/ Carrollton/ University Area

Bruno's Tavern

An institution since 1934, Bruno's has a varying range of special events nightly. The bar has trivia games, darts, pool and video poker, and a jukebox. Take the edge off your day with $2 bottled beer and cocktails from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Menu choices include salads, sandwiches, burgers and seafood. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Patio seating. 7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com

Carrollton Station

This Riverbend watering hole housed in a century-old building is a comedy hotspot every Wednesday at 9 p.m., when aspiring comedians hit the stage for the You Think You're Funny? open mic. Songwriters get a chance to shine every Monday at 9 p.m., and there's live music, from Susan Cowsill to indie rock, every weekend, when there also are drink specials. Take one (or several) of the bar's more than 50 beers to the outside patio. Opens at 3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon Sun. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.- 8 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8140 Willow St., 865-9190; www.carrolltonstation.com

Cooter Brown's Tavern

Voted Best Sports Bar by Gambit readers two years in a row, Cooter Brown's offers sports on TV and extra-cold beer to complement raw oysters, crawfish (in season), po-boys and sandwiches. It has more than 400 brands of domestic and imported bottled beers and 45 brews on tap. For eye candy there are caricatures of celebrities by artist Scott Conory. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com

The Frat House

You might see dancing on the bar at college dance club when the Young Pinstripe Brass Band plays on Wednesday or when DJs and other performers take the stage other nights. Do some entertaining of your own during open mic/karaoke night on Sunday. Sports are shown on TVs, and the specialty drink the is Nerd, which tastes like the candy of the same name. Open daily at 10 p.m. Smoking: patio only. 8200 Willow St., 861-4141; www.thefrathouseneworleans.com

Madigan's

This restaurant bar draws a regular crowd of college students who use the free Wi-Fi, play pool, watch sports on TV or listen to the jukebox. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 8117 Maple St., 866-9455

Maple Leaf Bar

Rebirth Brass Band is a Tuesday night regular at this music club, which features brass and funk nightly. Take up a cue at the pool table or catch some fresh air in the backyard patio while enjoying drinks from a full bar. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 8316 Oak St., 866-9359; www.mapleleafbar.com

Oak

This sophisticated new wine bar features live music nightly and small plates of artisanal salads, seafoods and meats by Patois chef Aaron Burgau. A knowledgeable staff can help patrons pair food selections with the right wine or craft cocktail. Live music ranging from jazz piano to funky brass is staged every night the bar is open. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: no. 8118 Oak St., 302-1485; www.oaknola.com

One Restaurant and Lounge

The Creole comfort food restaurant is tucked in the cluster of small Riverbend eateries. The lounge's happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Thu.) offers half off all appetizers and its popular specialty drinks, which include a huckleberry mojito and kiwi melon martini. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: no. 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com

Phillips Bar & Restaurant

A comfortable lounge with contemporary decor, Phillips draws an interesting cross-section of students, young professionals, neighborhood residents and tourists. There are more than a dozen flavors of martinis, and homemade appetizers and flatbreads are available. Wednesday offers half-price bottles of wine, and on Friday martinis are $4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 733 Cherokee St., 865-1155; www.phillipsbar.com

Roberts Bar

Little has changed at this neighborhood bar since it began serving college students and older regulars in 1933. Saints games bring weekly specials, and those with a nimble arm can compete in a Ping-Pong tournament the first Tuesday of each month. There's periodic live music. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Drink specials nightly. Pool table. 3125 Calhoun St., 866-9121

Shamrock Bar & Grill

A sporting haven for the Erin go bragh crowd, Shamrock has karaoke, sports on TV, 23 pool tables, eight dart boards, five Ping-Pong tables and two foosball tables. There's live music Wednesday through Saturday — and 30 beers on tap. The menu features 50 different burgers, corned beef and cabbage and Reuben sandwiches. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938

Snake & Jake's Christmas Club Lounge

Named one of the 10 best dive bars in the country by Playboy, Snake & Jake's wears the mantle proudly, maintaining its beaming assemblage of Christmas lights all year long. It offers $2.50 well drinks, $2 Budweiser and Miller beers and $3 wine and Jager during happy hour from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, as well as barbecue, brats, burgers and chicken Thursday and Friday. Open 7 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 7612 Oak St., 861-2802; www.snakeandjakes.com

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Treme

Bullet's Sports Bar

Like many other previously obscure New Orleans institutions thrust into the Treme limelight, Bullet's Sports Bar has enjoyed a spike in popularity, but locals still flock to the 7th Ward landmark for live music by musicians like Kermit Ruffins and Mike Soulman Baptiste. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2441 A.P. Tureaud Ave.

Sidney's Saloon

Located in the middle of the St. Bernard Avenue hub of second-line and Mardi Gras Indian parade culture, Sidney's is always busy on special occasions. Renovated since Hurricane Katrina and owned by Kermit Ruffins, the bar has a refined look inside. There's live music on Wednesday and Friday nights, and there's a large screen TV for watching sports. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 1200 St. Bernard Ave., 947-2379

UPTOWN

45 Tchoup

The bar here is crafted from lumber and bricks salvaged from Hurricane Katrina's wreckage, and it proves a sturdy stage for a steady flow of draft beers, mixed drinks and Jagermeister shots. Monday's trivia night draws an enthusiastic crowd of pop culture savants, while the jukebox and energetic bartenders always keep things lively. Open daily. Happy hour 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Smoking: yes. 4529 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-9066

The Avenue Pub

The two-story beer pub has a renovated upstairs, an improved selection on its wall of draft beers and the same round-the-clock hours as always. The balcony is open for improv as well as parade and Saints game watching. Special events include trivia on Tuesday, beer tasting on Wednesday, whiskey night Thursday and cask tapping on Friday. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. 1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243; www.avenuepub.com

Balcony Bar & Cafe

Watch sporting events on TV and play pool inside, or find a seat at a table on the balcony overlooking Magazine Street for a bit of conversation and people-watching. Regulars favor the cheese fries with their favorite drinks, but there also are pizzas, burgers, wings and french fries. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 3201 Magazine St., 894-8888 or 895-1600

The Bayou Bar

Step back into a bygone era at this graceful bar in the luxurious Pontchartrain Hotel, built in 1927. Live music starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Get nostalgic with hot buttered rum, the signature Moscow Mule, a chocolate martini, wine or aged Scotch while nibbling on free appetizers. Open Tue.-Sat. Smoking: no. 2031 St. Charles Ave., 524-0581; www.thepontchartrain.com

Bouligny Tavern

Chef John Harris opened this elegant wine bar next to his restaurant Lilette, and outdoor seating is available in the alley between the two buildings. There's a long bar and ample seating along an equally long banquette. There's a short menu of original cocktails and a well-curated wine list with about 15 available by the glass. The menu includes gourmet noshing items. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: outside only. 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810; www.boulignytavern.com

Bridge Lounge

Dark, sleek styling and an upscale drink selection set the mood, yet the guests of honor at this lounge often walk in on all fours. Well-behaved dogs are not just welcome, they're immortalized in photos on the wall. Their owners sit at attention for Tuesday's trivia night and shake to DJs on Saturdays. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. And 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 1201 Magazine St., 299-1888; www.bridgeloungenola.com

The Bulldog

A fountain crafted from beer taps flows perpetually on the patio, and the taps behind the bar inside are in constant use, too. As if the huge draft selection wasn't enough, the Bulldog's fridge stocks everything from Chimay to Singha. Keep your decorated Bulldog pint glasses on Wednesdays. Open daily. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Smoking: yes. 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; www.draftfreak.com

Cafe Prytania

This neighborhood bar periodically hosts music ranging from jazz to indie bands. The walls are decorated with New Orleans nostalgia, and food is available at the Milk Bar behind the stage, or you can get sno-balls at a sidewalk window. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m., and alcohol service starts at 11 a.m. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 3445 Prytania St., 891-5773; www.prytaniabar.com

The Club Miss Mae's

You don't need happy hours here; the drinks are always cheap and the bar is always open. A jukebox provides music for exercising your elbow at the bar, shooting pool and playing foosball or air hockey. You also can watch sports on TV. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. 4336 Magazine St., 895-9401

Cure

This craft cocktail bar has a unique list of spirits and the bartenders mix drinks like alchemists mix secret formulas. Housed in a renovated firehouse with an exposed brick interior and contemporary decor, there's banquette seating inside or chairs on the patio. Small plates and tapas are served until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. 4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola.com

Delachaise

Take advantage of the $5 wine specials on the board or choose from a vast array of other vintages and beers available. This upscale wine bar also offers cheese plates, frog legs, french fries and other munchies. Take a seat overlooking St. Charles Avenue or enjoy the weather with seating outdoors. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar

There's a humidor stocked with premium cigars as well as a full bar and even a wooden Indian. Sports are shown on a big-screen TV, and there's a pool table. Live music plays most nights, except Sunday. Happy hour is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features a variety of drinks ranging from $2 to $4. Open 5 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 5535 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8500; www.dosjefescigarbar.com

Down the Hatch

Exposed brick walls, a stone floor and gourmet bar food make this neighborhood bar a place where locals like to hang out. There are more than 10 different types of burgers and a full bar. Begin the evening or finish the night with happy hours from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.com

Eiffel Society

Found in a head-turning structure, the Eiffel Society is a showcase for contemporary art, performance, cuisine and craft cocktails. Chef Ian Schnoebelen designed the tapas-style menu, while bartender Alan Walter created a list of "nieux classic" cocktails. Wednesday is salsa night with dance lessons starting at 7 p.m. Open Wed.-Sat. Smoking: no. 2040 St. Charles Ave., 525-2951; www.eiffelsociety.com

Eleven79

The brick and wood interior of this restaurant bar in a restored 1800s merchant's cottage provides a romantic warm-up to a night on the town. Half-price drink specials and "mini boats" of shrimp, steak, sausage or oysters start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The restaurant menu is available at the bar. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Smoking: no. 1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; www.eleven79.com

Evangeline II On the Avenue

There's a 65-inch TV screen for watching sports and a jukebox and video poker to pass the time when your favorite team is off the field. Beer and wine are high on the drink list. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. 1753 St. Charles Ave., 523-4500

Fat Harry's

With large doors opening to St. Charles Avenue, Fat Harry's attracts a lot of college students, but there also are plenty of patrons who have come to this neighborhood bar for decades to drink in specials like $4.50 pitchers of beer (Monday), $1 off pints (Wednesday) and happy hour until 11 p.m. on Thursday. Watch sports, play pool, video poker or trivia. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Free Wi-Fi. 4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582

Garden District Pub

With exposed brick walls and a copper-top bar, this neighborhood haunt exudes the ambience of a 19th-century pub. Sazeracs, absinthe and Cosmopolitans flow freely, and snacks include pizza, stuffed poppers and chips. Football Sunday happy hour is 11:30 a.m. till closing. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 1916 Magazine St., 267-3392; www.gardendistrictpub.com

The Kingpin

A hub of activity Uptown and popular late-night service industry destination, The Kingpin also is a good place to spot random clusters of the Rolling Elvi. A neighborhood bar with some kitschy appeal, it features a shuffleboard and dart boards. There's free barbecue during Saints games. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. weekdays. 1307 Lyons St., 891-2373; www.kingpinbar.com

La Thai Uptown

Chic, modern decor is a sleek backdrop for an array of sparkling Asian flavors and inventive cocktails, which include the lychee-tini and fresh fruit mojitos. A full menu of Thai staples and Louisiana seafood, like spring rolls and coconut shrimp, complements the bar. Happy hour is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tues. Open 11 a.m. Tues.-Sat., noon Sun. Smoking: no. 4938 Prytania St., 899-8836; www.lathaiuptown.com

Le Bon Temps Roule

Toss back a cold one and commune with the tiled alligators in the back bar of this neighborhood tavern, play a game of pool or just visit with the bartenders and regular patrons. The Soul Rebels play every Thursday; a variety of other musical acts perform on other nights. Friday features free oysters. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4801 Magazine St., 895-8117

Mayfair

The Mayfair is a beloved locals-only spot with brisk bartenders, cheap drinks and Carnival memorabilia covering the walls. The daily happy hour (noon to 7 p.m.) offers a quarter discount on drinks. The bar also has two pool tables, an Internet jukebox and a large selection of liquor. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Cash only. 1505 Amelia St., 895-9163

Milan Lounge

This neighborhood bar presents a selection of cigars for sale — and a comfortable setting to enjoy them. It screens New Orleans Saints, Hornets and Chicago Cubs games, and a dart league plays on Tuesday. For those not ready for league play, there's video poker, Internet radio and free Wi-Fi. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 1312 Milan St., 895-1836

Monkey Hill Bar

This bar is a good place to take a date, sit at the bar and gaze at the 40 single-malt Scotches sparkling against the mirrored bar back. Couches and lounge chairs are comfortable spots for watching sports and special screenings on the 120-inch high-definition screen. There's free food and half-price hangover remedy drinks on Saints Sundays, and more than 30 wines by the glass every day. Open 3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. (except football season). Smoking: yes. Pool table, shuffleboard. 6100 Magazine St., 899-4800; www.monkeyhillbar.com

Rendezvous Tavern

This bar opens early to screen college football or Saints games on Saturday and Sunday, and offers Bloody Mary and mimosa specials. Nirvana cocktails are free during Sunday games, and well drinks are two-for-one from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. When the game's not on listen to the jukebox or playing darts or pool. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 3101 Magazine St., 891-1777

The Saint Bar & Lounge

It's a quintessential gritty dive bar that resembles an ancient tavern that opens onto an untamed patio. Throw down a round of stiff drinks and squeeze a bunch of friends into the photo booth, or dance to the well-stocked jukebox. There are regular specialty nights and occasional live music and DJs. Opens at 8 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 961 St. Mary St., 523-0050; www.saintnola.com

St. Joe's Bar

This neighborhood dive bar features religious artifacts hanging from wooden walls, a pool table in the back of the bar and an Asian-style garden on the back patio. The signature drink is a blueberry mojito made to order with fresh fruit and mint. Open daily. Smoking: yes (cigars on the patio only). Dog friendly. 5535 Magazine St., 899-3744

Superior Bar & Grill

There's always a party atmosphere at this popular restaurant bar, known for its margaritas, both frozen and on the rocks. You can get a large for the price of a small size or two-for-one mixed drinks from 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. every day. The restaurant's Tex-Mex menu is available at the bar, which has a number of tables. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com

Tipitina's

One of the enduring greats, Tipitina's hosts the biggest local acts and touring national performers alike. Pay your respects to the bust of Professor Longhair by the door, then dance to brass, funk, rock and come-what-may. The traditional fais do-do, or Cajun dance party, draws a crowd each Sunday afternoon. Open Thu.-Sun. Smoking: no. 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477; www.tipitinas.com

Tracey's

Irish Channel denizens will find many familiar faces at Tracey's, where staff from the old Parasol's moved en masse this summer. They brought the kitchen's famous roast beef po-boy recipe with them too. Darts, pool and 18 TVs complete the scene at this new bar with well-established street cred. Open daily. Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. NFL Sunday Ticket and ESPN GamePlan. Smoking: yes. 2604 Magazine St., 897-5413; www.traceysnola.com

Victorian Lounge at the Columns Hotel

Set in an 1883 mansion designed by famed architect Thomas Sully for top U.S. cigar manufacturer Simon Hernsheim, this hotel lounge offers a romantic atmosphere and an air of history. Hernsheim made deals for his company at the bar, which now serves a menu of Sazeracs, mint juleps, Bloody Marys, beer, wine and more. Tapas and bistro fare are available. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com

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Jefferson Parish

Harahan

Beepster's Tavern

Dance to the jukebox or take a turn at karaoke at this neighborhood sports bar. Get $8 buckets of longnecks while you watch the Saints, LSU or Monday Night Football on the TV, or play darts, pool and video poker. Barbecue is served during football games. Open 1 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2229 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-8615

Fox and Hound

Fox and Hound is one of the largest bars in town, and with more TVs than mission control, including some big enough to rival an arena JumboTron, it's easy to get immersed in your game of choice. There are promotions galore, including beer pong on Tuesdays during November. Beer specials change daily. Open daily. Smoking: no. 1200 S. Cleariew Pkwy., Harahan, 731-6000; www.foxandhound.com

Phil's Grill

This new location of the Metairie-born burger and beer restaurant has an expanded bar area, where it serves house-made infused vodka, Abita, NOLA Brew and other beers. A novelty is a shot of Kahlua, Baileys or Chambord in a hand-dipped shake. Wine Down Wednesday gets you a bottle of house wine for $12, or $1.50 will buy you a beer during happy hour every day. Open daily. Smoking: no. 1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1705; www.phils-grill.com

Shimmy Shack

Housed in one of Saints owner Tom Benson's former banks, the ostrich-skin bar at this craft cocktail lounge is topped with centuries-old cypress stained with 150-year-old Grand Marnier. New Orleans-style drinks and classic cocktails are the specialties, but there also is cold beer. There's a deck with outdoor seating, and there are food and drink specials every day. Open daily. Smoking: deck only. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily. 1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442

Jefferson

Rivershack Tavern

Saddle up to the silly stools at this River Road roadhouse, where mannequin legs stand in for conventional bar stools, and proudly dubbed "tacky ashtrays," knickknacks and portraits blanket the bar. There's live music Thursday through Saturday and plenty of drink specials, including $2 pints Wednesday night and two-for-one Stoli and Sailor Jerry on Thursday. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 4 p.m- 7 p.m. Mon.-Thu. 3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com

Kenner

3rd Rock Tavern

This cozy bar near Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is always open, and offers $8 buckets of longnecks during Monday Night Football and Saints and LSU games. Video poker, a rocking jukebox and karaoke are other options, and live music starts at 11 p.m. on Saturday. Free barbecue starts Sunday at 4 p.m. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2703 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 465-0755; www.myspace.com/3rdrocktavern

Champion's Sports Pub and Grill

Come in to watch the Saints, LSU or Monday Night Football and get $8 buckets of longnecks during the games. Saturday night features karaoke, or take a turn at video poker or darts. Hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and appetizers are available. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. 329 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 461-8080; www.championssportspub.com

Fat Molly's Pizza & Beer

A restaurant in the heart of Kenner near the airport, Fat Molly's offers 30 different beers served at the 20-seat bar or the 10 surrounding tables. Examine works by local artists that hang on the walls for watch sports on flat-screen TVs. Pizza, specialty sandwiches and salads are available. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. 2400 21st St., Kenner, 305-1017; www.fatmollyspizza.com

Liuzza's Sports Bar

Trivia games, shuffleboard, darts, pool, video poker, televised sports and free Wi-Fi provide fun for the sports crowd, and a jukebox, karaoke (Saturday) and periodic live music entertain other visitors. Liuzza's is known for its frosty 18-ounce schooners of beer, Tiger Punch or Bloody Marys, and there's free food during LSU and Saints football games. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2500 W. Metairie Ave., Kenner, 712-0786

Southshore Tavern

DJ Seanie spins favorite old-school tunes on Throwback Fridays, and Saturday features a guest DJ or live band. Start the week with Manic Mondays: happy hour all day and night. The bar opens at noon on Sunday for Saints games. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Buzztime Trivia and Texas Hold 'Em. 2204 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-3852; www.facebook.com/southshoretavern

Stingray's Grill & Bar

This neighborhood restaurant bar has flat-screen TVs behind the bar and video poker, and a menu of seafood, Italian dishes, appetizers and po-boys. Regulars favor the beer, margaritas. Patrons get two-for-one drinks and half-price appetizers on Friday and Saturday and other drink specials during the week. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: patio only. 1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040; www.stingraysseafood.com

Tavern on Vets

A sports bar that takes the title seriously, the Tavern screens football games, ultimate fighting, boxing and more. It also has a shuffleboard, Ping-Pong table, air hockey, football, dart boards and pool tables — as well as 20 beers on tap. There's also a songwriters night. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. every day, and 20-ounce ribeyes are $12.75 all the time. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 305-0669

METAIRIE

22nd Street Bar

Describing itself as a neighborhood bar with an attitude, 22nd Street Bar has a jukebox filled with popular music, or you can become a star yourself on the karaoke machine. Enjoy free drinks from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and steak specials on Thursday and Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Pool table, video poker, free Wi-Fi. 3013 22nd St., Metairie, 833-6576

Babylon Music & Sports Bar

A hot spot for the local service industry, Babylon hosts live music, DJs, and also has a jukebox. Wednesday is karaoke night, Thursday features music by Charlie Cuccia (aka Jake the Snake from the Topcats) from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., and local bands play Friday and Saturday. The bar opens at 8 a.m. on Sundays for Saints games. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2917 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 324-9961; www.babylonsportsbar.com

Beach House

There is live music most nights at musician Bobby Cure's place, which has a casual atmosphere and the attitude of an old-line New Orleans neighborhood bar. You can dance, watch sports on TV, play trivia games at the bar or video poker while enjoying drinks and a menu with changing dinner specials. Open Tue.-Fri. and 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Smoking: yes. 2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470; www.bobbycure.com

Big's Trudeau Tavern

Someone wins a bar tab every time the Saints or LSU scores, and if they score in the last 2 minutes of either half, the value of the tab doubles. There's a lot for sporting types to love: a competitive Ping-Pong league, seven TVs (three with 50-inch screens), a dart board, pool table and jukebox. Eat free red beans and rice on Mondays and get free food during football games on Saturday and Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 717 Trudeau Drive, Metairie, 469-2221

Bobby Jack's Critic's Choice

Located off Veterans Memorial Boulevard behind Hooters, this neighborhood sports bar offers free brunch for all noon Saints games, as well as $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas, beer specials and giveaways. LSU games come with $8 burgers, and steak night on Wednesday offers a $12 8-ounce filet. Split-shift happy hours are 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight Mon.-Fri. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4725 Quincy St., Metairie, 887-9809

C Beever's Bar of Music

Open since 1974, the bar is lined with brass plaques honoring regulars who often refer to it as "The Beeve." It hosts live music and DJs, plus lots of specialty nights, including an open mic comedy competition on Sunday and dart leagues on Tuesday and Friday. Get free touchdown shots and beer specials during Saints and LSU games. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2507 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 887-9401; www.cbeevers.com

Capri Blu Bar

Tucked inside Andrea's Restaurant, this elegant refuge just off Causeway Boulevard serves a full range of cocktails, a broad selection of wines by the glass, as well as aperitifs, digestifs, Cognacs and gruppas. Chef Andrea Apuzzo prepares small plates from his homestyle Italian kitchen for bar nibblers. Phil Melancon is on the grand piano from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com.

City Bar

This recent addition to Fat City loves the ladies. Both Friday's Girls' Night Out and Sophisticated Saturday events at the 8,000-square-foot club offer complimentary Champagne to women from 10 p.m. to midnight. The bar also hosts fashion shows, performances by the Brown! Improv comedy troupe, stand-up comedians, body sushi events and more. Open Thu.-Sat. Smoking: yes. 3515 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 309-5325; www.citybarnola.com

Coach's Corner

The playbook at this neighborhood bar includes an especially lengthy happy hour, stretching from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A DJ spins on Friday nights, while on Saturdays, bands take the stage to rock the house. Regulars sip the potent house punch and play darts, pool and shuffleboard. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2221 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 888-6685

Colby's Cocktails

The casual surroundings provide a fun-loving atmosphere that draws revelers both college age and more mature. Flat-screen TVs play Saints and LSU games, and customers get free shots for every Saints score. Women get three free drinks during ladies night on Monday. Open 24 hours Wed.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu. 4450 Wabash St., Metairie, 885-2426; www.colbyscocktails.com

The Dive Bar

Dive into Muddled Margarita Night on Monday, featuring a different fresh fruit margarita each week. Live music is performed every Friday, there's a 10-foot high-definition projector screen and trivia on Wednesday at 8 p.m. A jukebox, pool table, dart board, TV sports and video poker provide entertainment as well. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3408 28th St., Metairie, 324-9428

Hurricanes Sports Bar

There's never a cover charge for live music, and you can always find it here Friday and Saturday. Watch movies or sports on the 17 TVs, or play darts, pool or video poker. The menu offers American dishes. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free Wi-Fi. 1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-0050; www.myspace.com/hurricanessports

Jiggers Bar & Grill

This lively neighborhood bar shows all UFC fights and NFL games and has $1,000 giveaways during Monday Night Football, plus free shots during all Saints and LSU games. You can play trivia, darts, pool and video poker or order from a bar menu of burgers, wings, nachos and wraps. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555; www.jiggersgrill.com

Joe's Caddy Corner Bar & Grill

Show up for barbecues during Saints games and take advantage of well drinks for $2.25, available all day every day. When you're not watching a game, play one on the electric dart board, soft-tip dart board or pool table. Food choices include burgers, seafood, po-boys and plate specials. Monday evening is steak night. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4532 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 885-1164

Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill

This bar takes sports seriously, with a 96-inch big-screen TV, 15 flat-screen TVs and baseball and NFL sports packages so no one misses a game. There are eight specialty beers on tap, wine and other drinks, and you can pair them with wraps, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3535 Severn Ave., Suites 9-10, Metairie, 888-5858; www.knuckleheadsnola.com

Kool Kats Bar

A seafood boil every Friday and free barbecue on Sunday (along with two-for-one well drinks) pull in regulars, who also come for live music on Thursday, Buzztime trivia, Texas Hold 'Em poker, darts, televised games and free Wi-Fi. The generous happy hour is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 3224 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-5911

Lager's International Ale House

The people who brought you the Bulldog pubs also run this outpost of worldly brews in Metairie. More than 70 draft beers are a major draw, as are all the TVs for game day and a menu of bar snacks and sandwiches. Keep your decorated pint glasses on Wednesdays. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com

The Max

Spend Sundays with the Yat Pack at this quaint, old-time lounge in the heart of Metairie. The specialty here is Ketel One martinis, but it's hard to beat the $1 beers and $2 mixed drinks during Friday happy hour. There is live music on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, plus a free jukebox and DJs other nights. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2501 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 885-1677

Oscar's Restaurant & Bar

Marilyn Monroe is the star here and occupies places of honor in the decor. Patrons return to enjoy a friendly, cozy atmosphere with no specialty night gimmicks. There are dart boards galore and three pool tables. Burgers, po-boys and sandwiches populate the menu. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540

Phil's GrillSee bar description in Harahan

Players Pub

Whether you want to exercise your vocal cords or your elbow — or both — you can get a workout at this sports bar. There's karaoke on Sunday night, pool leagues on Monday and Wednesday and dart league play on Tuesday and Thursday. Watch sports on the bar's six TVs, or try your luck at video poker and trivia games. DJs and a jukebox provide the right beat for downing $1.50 20-ounce schooners of beer. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2012 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-6853

Pub Zero

A newly remodeled patio provides fresh air after getting your groove on to DJs Thursday and Friday at this daiquiri bar. There is periodic live music for special events. Quench your thirst with two-for-one drinks during Saints games, and happy hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 3560 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-9100

Sports Beat Pub & Cafe

This sports bar gets rowdy when LSU or Saints games are on TV. On other days, join in a friendly game of darts, play video poker or move your feet to the jukebox or DJs who make regular appearances. Wednesday night features an 8-ounce filet with potatoes for $10 and there are plate lunches every day. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3330 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 838-9563

Winston's Pub & Patio

Taxidermied quail, comfortable couches and warm mahogany furnishings all play to Winston's cigar bar/pub atmosphere. A jukebox provides background music, games and are screened on TVs. Get $1 off draft beers and well cocktails during happy hour from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and you can get burgers, fish 'n' chips and appetizers even late at night. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Video poker, free Wi-Fi. 531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705

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NORTHSHORE

Covington

Boston Pub

This neighborhood bar in downtown Covington has a laid-back attitude. There is a big-screen TV for Saints and LSU games, a pool table and a jukebox. Open 3 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 6 p.m. Sat. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri. 517 E. Boston St., (985) 893-9907

Mandeville

The Barley Oak

This bar offers more than 100 specialty bars from around the world, and Monday through Thursday, it picks a country and offers $2 off beers brewed there. Domestic longnecks are $2 and Pabst Blue Ribbon is $1 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there's occasional live music. Burgers, sandwiches and German-style sausage plates dot the menu. 2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com

The Beach House Bar & Grill

Push your toes in the sand and sip a cocktail made with fresh fruit and mint while sitting on the beach — or stay high and dry on a deck overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Sunset happy hour (2 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue-Fri.) features $3 margaritas and other drink specials. There's live music on Tuesday and a bistro menu every day. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Pet friendly. 124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331; www.thebeachhousemandeville.com

Howlin' Wolf Northshore

The original Howlin' Wolf earned a reputation for bringing national touring acts to town as well as providing a space for local alt musicians performing outside of the traditional New Orleans style. This second Howlin' Wolf brings the same approach to the Northshore, with eclectic bands scheduled on weekends. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking: patio only. 1623 Montgomery St., Mandeville, (985) 626-1616; www.thehowlinwolf.com

Interference

This sports bar features NFL Sunday Ticket on TV and shows all LSU and Hornets games. It also has trivia games, darts and free Wi-Fi. Sip a mango margarita or California Bomb and dine on burgers and other bar foods. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour noon-6 p.m. daily. 2213 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-1655; www.interferencesportsbar.com

Obelisk Wine Bar & Art Gallery

Soak in some culture at this lounge, with rotating exhibits by local artists and live music: Big Daddy O plays blues on Thursday, and the Saunders Trio performs New Orleans jazz on Saturday. The living room-style setting is a comfortable spot to sip martinis or one of the bar's 72 wines by the glass. A wine tasting and buffet starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Open: 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Smoking: no. 22 St. Ann Drive, Mandeville, (985) 674-4215; www.obeliskwinebar.com

Slidell

Speckled T's

Listen to live music Wednesday through Saturday at this restaurant bar, opened by the folks who own Camellia Cafe in Slidell and Abita Springs. Speckled T's offers two-for-one drinks during daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seafood specials change daily. Open daily. Smoking: no. 158 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 646-1728

Tooloula's

Listen to live music on Saturday nights or play chicken drop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. On other days, play trivia games, darts and pool, watch sports on TV or dance to a DJ or jukebox. Domestic drafts are $1 during happy hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and tamales are available at the bar. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4808 Pontchartrain Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8096; www.facebook.com/tooloulas

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West Bank

Algiers

The Crown and Anchor Pub

This charming neighborhood bar in Algiers Point has authentic English pub decor and atmosphere to match. It occasionally stages live music, hosts dart tournaments on Wednesday and quiz night on Thursday, as well as sports on TV. The pub offers a large selection of imported beers and several draft brews. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. 200 Pelican Ave., 227-1007; www.crownanchorpub.com

Dry Dock Cafe

Located near the Algiers Point landing for the Canal Street ferry, this restaurant bar serves reasonably priced cocktails and properly poured Guinness. The old-fashioned wood bar is a regular meeting place for people in the neighborhood or those venturing in to try Sex on the Levee (a specialty drink), or the cafe's Best Bank Burger. Open daily. Smoking: no. 133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com

Old Point Bar

With the Mississippi River levee as one of its neighbors, the Old Point practically glows with Algiers ambience. No wonder so many film producers have used it as a set. Meanwhile, the acoustics of the wood-lined room have inspired numerous local bands to record live albums from its small stage. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Live music most nights. 545 Patterson St., 364-0950; www.oldpointbar.com

Vine & Dine

This cozy wine bar and courtyard on Algiers Point is housed behind a wine and cheese store. The bar top and tables are made of wood reclaimed from demolished New Orleans houses, with holes filled with wine corks. Wines are sold at retail prices (there's a $5 corkage fee), and there's a large selection of craft and imported beers. Food is served Monday through Saturday. Open: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Smoking: courtyard only. 141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vine-dine.com

Gretna

Calegan's Big Dawgs

You get the feeling that just about anything could blow through the door of this roadhouse-style bar. Local rock bands perform on the occasional Saturday. Drop in for the 12-hour-long happy hour (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) and you'll find cheap domestic beers and two-for-one shots. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 111 Wright Ave., Gretna, 366-9262

Gattuso's Neighborhood Bar and Restaurant

Nestled in the charming historic district of Gretna, Gattuso's has free live musc every Friday and Saturday night, and a generous ladies night on Wednesday (women drink free from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.). Daily happy hour offers half-price appetizers, $1.50 domestic beer and more from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Check out the patio for drinking and dining from a menu of gourmet salads, wraps, classic New Orleans dishes and more. Open Mon.-Sat., Smoking: patio only. Video poker. Dog-friendly. 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com

The Rugby Pub

Jerseys, trophies and the flags of rugby-playing nations decorate this tavern, while a lush courtyard evokes a bit of a French Quarter feel. Bands perform periodically, and regulars contribute to a potluck buffet for all Saints games. The New Orleans rugby team plays nearby and hosts its own post-game parties here. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2802 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 363-0007; www.therugbypub.com

Harvey

Boomers at Boomtown Casino

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Boomers features an ever-shifting roster of live music acts with no cover, while Wednesday brings comedians to the stage. Thursday is ladies' night, when women receive two-for-one drink specials. You can order food at the adjoining buffet. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, 366-7711; www.boomtownneworleans.com

Daiquiri Dock

Daiquiris and pool are the specialties, with league play nightly and tournaments at 6 p.m. Sunday. Jäeger shots and beer also are favorites among regulars who come to this neighborhood bar to play on the five championship-grade pool tables. Pizza will be available soon, but now there are jalapeno poppers, french fries and boudin on a stick. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2630 Manhattan Blvd., Suite H, Harvey, 368-3622

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